Originally Posted by bounceswoosh
But if nothing else, playing around on a different ski provided a a sense of variety that the terrain didn't.
This is what I'm aiming for.
A few years back my brother gave back a pair of 1999ish K2 Outlaws (185cm I think) that I had skied once during a visit to CO from NY. Back then I was mostly skiing 1080 moguls, but also owned & liked the Outlaw (Brad Holmes cowboy graphic), just not as much as the 1080m.
Anyway, it was like opening a time capsule 10 years later, and I had a blast, skiing them on groomers which they railed on, and got some great reactions from people on the hill who regognized them from back in the day.
All fun and games until I took them into some early season dirt-bumps on Nix Nox; the skis did not like turning as well as I remembered, and really, it probably had more to do with the skier than the ski. I ended up giving them, and a pair of nearly new 185cm k2 power mambas to a crazy russian who responded to a pic I had posted on TGR.
I remember when the first K2 fours and dynastar 4x4's started showing up in friend's quivers, and thinking "I'll never need a ski that wide, or with that much sidecut". Two years later I found myself on a pair of 1080's, then Pocket Rockets, then D-Senders, then I-Rocks. 75mm, 90mm, 112mm, 126mm respectively.
Currently I'm pretty confident that a 100mm ski will suit the majority of conditions that I'll encounter, but I'm probably less likely than I was a dozen or so years ago to rule out any width or sidecut as the technology continues to advance, and I continue to age. I'm definitely not opposed to anything that enhances the fun factor, but also acknowledge that the days of having fun on skis like the outlaw, power mamba, and 1080 mogul are far behind me.
Last season I experimented with a pair of Fatypus B-Nasty's, which turned out to be a complete bust also, and which have since been passed down to my nephew. If I do pick up something like the Solly Pro SW, I highly doubt it could end up being as big a mistake as purchasing another straight bump ski.